The Great Experiment
Tom Knickerbocker, Author
The Story of a Pastor and his wife who started 5 Churches and Christian schools and raised 5 Boys to serve the Lord!
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STATE OF THE UNION
Why do we need a Holy Spirit Revival
in our Churches today?
I have been very burdened about the need for a great awakening! As I read the Revivals of the past, I am convinced that we could see Revival again. A hunger for God and His Word to rule our lives and give us the abundant life Jesus talks about John 10:10. I feel like the Thief is stealing and taking ground he has no business taking.
Don't take offense to what I have written just pray for pastor, evangelist, missionaries and our dear folks in the pews of our churches.
Colossians. 2:8,15,18,22. 3:1-2
We are losing ground, churches closing, churches that can’t get a pastor, Young preachers that want all the benefit but don’t want to live by faith. (Excuses: Well, the Lord has told me to take care of my family! - I thought the Lord does that. I guess if the ministry was easy we would be flooded with preachers. What about all the so-called preachers just sitting in a church and not fulfilling their calling.
Philosophy of Men vs Biblical Christianity
(What man thinks). (What God thinks)
1. The Lost are influencing Christianity
Atheism - The fool hath said in his heart there is no God. Ps 14:1
Agnostics - There may be a God but he has taken his hand of things
Humanist - We determine our own destiny. Scotland Lady
Critics of Christianity - They hate what the Christian stand for….
Abortion, Alcoholic beverages, Climate change, Dancing, Movies, Gambling
2. Professing Christians are influencing Christianity
False Doctrine - Cults, Churches that have a works salvation
Modernism - The Bible contains the word of God, but not all of it. PEN KNIFE
Compromise - We don’t need to stand against sins
Salvation - Lifestyle and or Confrontational Evangelism
Saying you believe it but don’t practice it
Tithing/offerings - Awe, that’s Old Testament
people are not sharing their faith (Testimony)
to those in need.
3. Churches are very fragile and even weak -
ICHABOD - The glory is departed. I Sam 4:21
Wanting it your way
No leadership - Pastor wont’t take a stand or if he does he will be replaced.
Because Churches Split or Were started in rebellion.
4. Lack of Pastors and Churches
Some cities with 100k people and no gospel witness.
Some churches have gone bad or closed where there was a witness.
5. No discipleship - Matthew 28:20
NO Training Center:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
No teaching the principles of God’s Word so people know what they believe.
6. Reasons why Churches are not growing
Signs of the times - Excuses
Lazy Christianity- To busy
NO Missions emphasis,
NO Prayer meetings
Men & Women Prayer meetings
7. Church with a lack of Commitment
What happen to the Lord’s day?
Sunday AM is enough
Will not join
Won’t witness or doesn’t know how
Afraid to offend
Giving in to mediocrity -Awe, someone else will do it, I’ve never been called,
NO Tithing - some are so far in debt they don’t think they can. Mal 3:10 -
NO Missions giving
Pastor has to be Bi-Vocational because folks won’t give.
8. Missionaries not teaching their churches to be Indigenous.
Some are just pastors not missionaries - these are not third world countries
Lost their vision - killing time between Sundays
Blaming the culture
Will not help and assist other missionaries
Often critical of each other - especially if they are being out done.
Missionaries using other missionaries to build their work and not wanting
to send them out to start other churches.
We need a GREAT AWAKENING in our PULPITS and our PEWS!
Keep looking up
Dr. Dan Knickerbocker
"Asking God to help us help!
Anne Marie and I will be helping our church in Fort Worth as they seek a new pastor for 5 weeks 2 in Jan and 3 in Feb Please pray that all will go well as Fairpark seeks a new Pastor
20 NEW DECADE!20
Wow where have the years gone!
I remember when as a kid I thought we would never see 1985. It seem so far out there and now we are seeing our children have children and seeing them grow!
We are looking forward to a New Year with many opportunities. Anne Marie and I will be helping our church in Fort Worth as they seek a new pastor for 5 weeks 2 in Jan and 3 in Feb Please pray that all will go well!
REVIVAL - A place in God's plan
I'm glad Mary and Joseph were in their place: the Angels. Shepherds, Wise men, Anna and Simeon.
Where is your place in God's plan for this age?
Paul gave the Ephesian Elders the plan of God.
1. Take heed to yourself v28
2. Take part in the flock 28 (Local Church)
3. Make sure you feed v28 ( On God's word)
4. Watch out for Grievous wolves v29
5. Warn everyone night and day with tears v31
6. Commend those you love to God v32 (Pray)
7. Don't covet material things v33-34
8. It is more blessed to give than to receive ! v35
May you have an exceptional year, spiritual victory and the privilege to influence others for the cause of Souls!
Some say, Revival is temporary, Well so is a bath.
Billy Sunday, Evangelist
Thanks for your Prayers and Support,
Dan & Anne Marie
6816 Winifred Dr - Fort Worth, Texas 76133
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Dear Dan and Anne Marie,
I cannot say enough of the good things which have sprung forth from your meetings with us.The revival which started the day you arrived is still bearing fruit.Fellowship Baptist Church is growing in every way and a sweet spirit is in our midst.I am thankful our church has a real Evangelist who truly cares for our church and it’s pulpit.In case you did not hear, our dear Winnie Sanders passed away this month. Her home going was an exceptional moment. She loved your preaching.I am praying fo you every day. If you need anything along the way, call or text immediately.
Pastor Greg Stiff
Fellowship Baptist Church
5 Heritage Baptist Church - Lufkin, Texas - Pastor Jim Housley (Revival)
12 Fairpark Baptist Church - Fort Worth, Texas -
15 Grayson Bible Baptist Church & Academy - Sherman, Texas - Principal Greg Rostyne & Pastor Roy Webster
19 Fairpark Baptist Church - Fort Worth, Texas -
26 Emmanuel Baptist Church - Jacksonville, Texas - Pastor Dale Harris (Missions Conf)
2 & 5 Fairpark Baptist Church - Fort Worth, Texas
9 & 12 Fairpark Baptist Church - Fort Worth, Texas
16 Fairpark Baptist Church - Fort Worth, Texas
17 -19 LaBelle Baptist Church - LaBelle, Fl - Pastor Jim Horton
23-26 Helotes Independent Baptist Church - SanAntonio, Texas - Pastor Joshua Kelley
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